I’ve been a part of online communities for a long time now; I started with Usenet back in 1996 [or so]. If you do the math, you’ll realize that such an era puts me in my latter teen years [17, to be exact]. That Google Groups exists does kinda scare me: if I ran for President in another thirty years, well, there’s a lot of dumb shit that I’ve said that can come back to haunt me. 😀
I’ve seen this net.people trend for some time; in fact, I was a part of it for a while. When I was younger, I never understood why people saw me as a brash, arrogant jerk. A few years and a lot of introspective navel gazing later, I understood. That’s not to say that I still can’t be a brash, arrogant jerk [I can be, and this entry kinda proves it, no?], but I would like to think that I’ve toned my rhetoric down significantly.
How did I learn to come off a bit more normal? I came to understand a few things: that people saw the world differently than I did, that my opinions were important but not paramount, and that there were things on which I was an expert [few] and other things on which I was a novice [many]. I try to reserve my authoritative tone for things on which I have a relative amount of experience.
Perhaps this “eris” does have a ton of experience in judging such competitions. But because I don’t know eris from Eve, (s)he comes off like a brash, arrogant jerk. If Dave Shea&emdash;whom I do know, at least in the “I know that he generally knows what the hell he’s talking about re: Web design” sense&emdash;had said the same thing, I probably wouldn’t be writing this entry.
There are all sorts of net.kooks out there, claiming to be experts … and some of them really are. The rest are arrogant punks. 😉